JetBlue Sued for Disclosing Passenger Information

JetBlue Sued for Disclosing Passenger Information

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A group of passengers has filed a class-action lawsuit against JetBlue Airways Corporation for its disclosure of passenger information to a Defense Department contractor.

The lawsuit alleges fraudulent misrepresentation, breach of contract and invasion of privacy.

The suit was filed yesterday in third District Court in Salt Lake City.

It follows JetBlue's acknowledgment Friday that it had given information from about five (M)million passenger records to Torch Concepts of Huntsville, Alabama.

Torch, a defense contractor, produced a study, "Homeland Security: Airline Passenger Risk Assessment," that was purported to help the government improve military base security.

David Neeleman, JetBlue chief executive and a Salt Lake City native, said yesterday that the information contained name, address and phone number, along with flight information, but absolutely no payment or credit card information.

Utah attorney James W. McConkie filed the lawsuit yesterday on behalf of five named plaintiffs and a representative class. It seeks compensatory -- but not punitive -- damages.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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